Thank you for clarifying that Coblaith. I'm actually hoping to make it to Queens and hope to meet you there. I've gotten so many questions about this stuff as the Hospitaler for, first Gate's Edge then GE and Stargate and now finally only Stargate, that I'd love some clarification on it. My first impulse is to send the asker to someone who knows more than me and that's a good instinct but if I can answer the questions of easy or moderate degree that gives the herald more time to work on his own stuff.
BTW if you've heard about me up there it's probably by the name Lady Maria. (A perfect example of NOT being able to change a name. I tried to register the name Maria da Modena and found out that the current Queen of England has an ancestor named that, but everyone still calls me Lady Maria. The current name actually JUST passed. I'm finally official. LOL)
Hope to see you in a few weeks.
In Service to the Dream,
Lady Elizabeta Maria dei Medici
Hospitaler - Barony of the Stargate
----- Original Message -----
From: Coblaith Mhuimhneach
Sent: Sunday, December 31, 2006 1:49 PM
Subject: [SCA Newcomers] achievements (was: "device" vs. "arms")
Lady Elizabeta Maria dei Medici, who dwells in the Barony of the
Stargate (in Ansteorra) wrote:
> I was under the impression that there are several parts of a "Coat of
> Arms". The arms, the pillars (the things on the sides of the shield
> shaped spot where the arms are), and the motto (which is in a banner
> looking thing at the bottom of the whole thing). The arms are given
> when you get an AoA (or equivilant), the pillars are given when you
> get a Grant of Arms, and the motto can only be used when you have a
> patent of arms (Peerage).
"Coat of arms" has a variety of meanings in real-world heraldry,
depending on who's using it. It's not used much in the SCA, and when
it is, in my experience, is typically an alternative to "arms". The
other elements to which you refer are called "achievements", and a
person's arms plus all achievements to which she is entitled are called
her "full achievement".
How achievements are apportioned in the SCA varies considerably from
kingdom to kingdom. In Ansteorra, anyone with an Award of Arms may
display her device with a helm facing dexter and mantling of one color
and one metal. Anyone with a Grant of Arms may display a helm facing
any direction, mantling of one metal and one color, and a crest.
Anyone with a Patent of Arms may display a gold-visored helm facing any
direction, mantling that may include a fur of contrast or a strewn
charge on a tincture on one side, a crest, and a motto. Any member of
the nobility may display a helm facing any direction (which may be gold
if they are a duchess or duke, but is otherwise silver or gray),
mantling which may include a fur or two tinctures or a strewn charge on
a tincture for either or both sides, a crest, a coronet reflecting the
gentle's rank, and supporters (supporters being what you referred to as
"pillars"). Shires, cantons, colleges, and strongholds may register
arms similar to those of holders of Patents of Arms. Baronies may
register arms similar to those of holders of Patents of Arms and
nobles. Certain charges and supporters are restricted; the details are
available on the kingdom website
<http://heraldry.ansteorra.org/achievements.php>, along with lists of
who in Ansteorra has registered what achievements.
There's a diagram of a full achievement including all possible elements
(such as would, in the Stellar Kingdom, be born only by a barony or
someone who was both a noble and a peer) at
<http://www.sca-caid.org/scribes/scrolltexts.html>. Note, though, that
it's part of an article about how achievements are used in the Kingdom
of Caid, so what it says about who can use what is specific to that
kingdom, and it includes compartments, which are not used in some other
kingdoms (including Ansteorra).
Barony of Bryn Gwlad
Kingdom of Ansteorra
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